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Cosmetic industry and CMMS

Cosmetic industry and CMMS

Wednesday 29 april 2020

The cosmetics industry is a major sector of the global economy in which the European Union holds the leadership. Its growth is driven by constant innovation and increasing globalisation, which constantly brings new challenges. We will see how a modern CMMS can increase the competitiveness of companies in the sector.

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The cosmetics sector in figures

According to the Business Wire, the global cosmetics market is estimated to be worth more than 483 billion euros in 2019 at retail prices. After a slowdown a few years ago, its growth rate has never been so high, reaching 5.5% in 2018.

In France, the booming sector achieved nearly 16 billion euros in exports in 2019. It is the third largest exporting sector after the aeronautics and beverages sectors. Mostly family-owned, 82% of the sector is made up of VSEs or SMEs. Made in France" is particularly attractive in the perfume sector. This makes it a dominant sector for the European Union, well ahead of other world powers such as the United States or Japan.

This field is also a creator of jobs, composed mainly of women (64.7%). However a large majority of professions are represented, whether in sales, industry or chemicals.

An industry linked to the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors

The sector is close to those of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and as such is controlled by many similar standards and regulations in order to meet quality, hygiene and safety requirements.

As with pharmaceuticals, it is crucial to comply with them so as not to endanger the health of employees and consumers. Companies are obliged to acquire the ISO 22716 standard on good manufacturing practices from production through product control and packaging to transport.

In addition, a cosmetic product is obtained by processing many components, which is similar to the chemical sector. Three processes can be distinguished that are also used in the cosmetics sector:

  • Basic or heavy chemistry: transforms natural resources into raw materials
  • Vegetable-based chemistry: using and processing products from renewable plant resources
  • Fine or speciality chemicals: produces finished products from heavy or plant-based chemicals.

However, they should not be confused as they have their own characteristics and properties. According to the Public Health Code, Article L. 5131-1, article 2 of the regulation n°1223/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 relating to cosmetic products, a cosmetic is a "substance or a mixture intended to be in contact with the surface parts of the human body (epidermis, hair and capillary system, lips, nails, etc.), external genital organs) or with the teeth and oral mucous membranes, exclusively or principally for the purpose of cleaning, perfuming, altering their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odour', as opposed to a medicinal product which has curative or preventive properties in respect of the disease.

The contribution of CMMS & TPM implementation

The only way to ensure that the machines are kept in perfect operating condition and that they comply strictly with current standards is to implement a CMMS as part of a Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) approach.

In any industry, especially the cosmetics industry, production is the essential link in the company's value chain. As machine failures can lead to very significant financial losses, companies must deploy a Total Productive Maintenance strategy to minimize the occurrence of incidents on the production line. This methodology was formalized in the early 1970s. To find out more read our article on Total Productive Maintenance & CMMS in which you will find a detailed explanation of the 8 pillars of TPM :

  • Pillar 1: Targeted improvement
  • Pillar 2: Autonomous maintenance
  • Pillar 3: Planned maintenance
  • Pillar 4: Improving knowledge and know-how
  • Pillar 5: Early equipment management
  • Pillar 6: Quality maintenance
  • Pillar 7: TPM in Administration
  • Pillar 8: Safety, working conditions and the environment

A latest-generation CMMS will facilitate the implementation of all or part of this method: planning of maintenance interventions on production machines and technical installations in buildings. Development of maintenance plans and regulatory controls. Increased autonomy for operators and technicians. Enhanced traceability. Optimised stock and spare parts supply management. Controlled equipment life cycle. Management of documents such as manuals, instructions, measurements, photos, etc. Reduced downtime. Improved management of technical teams. Reinforcement of communication between managers and the various teams in the field, whether internal or subcontracted. Reinforcement of communication between departments such as production and maintenance departments.

The maintenance teams will gain instantly in organization, reactivity and agility and all production and maintenance processes will benefit from the implementation of a CMMS perfectly adapted to a TPM project.

Maintenance management tools are a real asset offering production and maintenance players invaluable productivity gains, enabling companies in the cosmetics industry that have deployed them to increase their competitiveness.

By the way, our ambition is to offer an unparalleled user experience. Check it out right away: try CMMS for free. Within 2 minutes, the time it takes to create your account, you'll discover what's newest in this category of software.

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Good discovery and see you soon!


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